My new podcast is Tania's Take race, culture and the culture of race

My new podcast is Tania's Take race, culture and the culture of race
I’ve started a new podcast called Tania’s Take race, culture and the culture of race.  I had another podcast named Race Bait. The tag line for that was “A Black woman. A White man. We talk about racism so you can too” I was the Black woman in that scenario. Still am. Race Bait was a... Read more »

Netflix's Tidying Up gave me an anxiety attack

I watched five minutes of Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and promptly had an anxiety attack. My stomach cramped, my heart beat too fast and I felt scared and manic. I had to turn it off. The original reality series features Marie Kondo who wrote the book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese... Read more »

For Jazmine Barnes and her mother LaPorsha

For Jazmine Barnes and her mother LaPorsha
Dear LaPorsha, I am so sorry for your loss. I watched the video of you in the hospital saying, “I’ve replayed this moment in my head over a million times”. I heard you wonder whether there was anything that you did that provoked this murderer to shoot into your car with your beautiful daughters inside. I... Read more »
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I'm crushing on reading

I'm crushing on reading
I find prolific readers admirable and aspirational. I’d like to join them under their title but I am not a prolific reader so I can’t. My friend Angela is a prolific reader. We understudied together a few summers ago which means we spent a lot of time in the green room. She spent her downtime time reading and... Read more »

Governor Haslam #FreeCyntoiaBrown

Governor Haslam #FreeCyntoiaBrown
Cyntoia Brown was 16 years old when she was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. The man killed was a 43 year old who had solicited the minor for sex. According to Cyntoia she went with him because her 24 year old pimp Kutthroat made her do it. She shot the man... Read more »

The murders at Mercy hospital are not sad

The murders at Mercy hospital are not sad
I think about empathy. With the news of 3 dead at the hand of a gunman at Mercy hospital people say that it is “sad”. It is sad that Samuel Jimenez a police officer on the job for 2 years with three young children is dead. It is sad that Tamara O’Neal an emergency room physician... Read more »
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I'm an extroverted introvert and I really want to cancel my plans tonight

My name is Tania Richard and I am an extroverted introvert. According to Thought Catalog this means, “You have to psyche yourself up for social interactions – even when you know you’ll enjoy them…You make plans when you’re feeling extroverted but then the time comes and you want to cancel so bad…People think you’re an extrovert…... Read more »

Go ahead and ruin Thanksgiving

Go ahead and ruin Thanksgiving
Last week, I had the pleasure of doing a Facebook Live with Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens (Balancing Act). We ate pie, talked about parenting in racially divisive times and I suggested that it’s time to fight the racist uncle at Thanksgiving rather than let him get away with racist language and ideas.    Like us... Read more »

We sit in the heart of darkness

In musical theatre characters break into song because words and structure are not enough. Though I’m not a poet, as a writer, poetry is a way for me to sing when simple words and structure are not enough. This is in honor of the 11 victims of the hate crime at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, the passing of... Read more »
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My 10 second fast and the inspiration that followed

Over the weekend a dear friend had to fast before a minor procedure on Monday. I was going to be with the friend on the day of their fast and I thought it’d be nice to show my support by also fasting. It’s no fun when other people are enjoying food around you when you can’t... Read more »